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Brighter Sound and The Hub UK present Both Sides Now – Open Space: Making gender equality in the music industry a reality… what can we all do?

Both Sides Now is a large-scale initiative taking place across the North of England to support emerging female artists and up-and-coming industry professionals to transform the future of the music industry.

We want to create a growing network, deliver sustainable activity, and affect permanent change around the perception, opportunities and profiling of women in music, from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the stage.

This first ‘Open Space’ event is for anyone with an interest in this conversation – whether male, female, non-binary, cis and trans – to come together and discuss what could make a real difference – whether that’s about role models, motherhood, education, social mobility, policy change or something else entirely.

Unfolding over a series of informal conversations, the agenda will be yours to set. You might want to convene a conversation about something you feel passionately about, or join a conversation kick-started by someone else. More than just a talking shop, our aim is to get things and people moving.

Open Space is a method of facilitation, where participants create and manage their own agenda of discussions around a central theme.

The event is open to everyone, food and drinks will be provided and there will be activities for children.


Additional Information

This Open Space event is part of a series taking place in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle in March. The ideas from the series will feed in to a national Both Sides Now conference in July 2018.

Fri 9 March – Manchester Central Library (with support from Manchester City Council)
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Sat 17 March – Constellations, Liverpool (in partnership with LIMF Academy, Culture Liverpool and Nothin but the Music)
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Monday 26 March – Duke Studios, Leeds (in partnership with Music:Leeds)
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Newcastle date tbc (in partnership with Generator)
Registration coming soon

We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’ and welcome participants who are women and non-binary, both cis and trans.

Both Sides Now is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.